- First used in ancient Greek and Ayurvedic medicine, Arabian physicians first brought us the senna herb in the 9th century A.D. 1
- Medlineplus.gov says: Senna is an FDA-approved nonprescription laxative. 2
- Senna may support a natural laxative effect.
- Senna is used for constipation and to clear the bowel before tests such as a colonoscopy. 2
- Achiarius was the first Greek physician to notice senna, where all parts of the plant were used for its medicinal properties... More Info
Senna is an FDA approved nonprescription laxative 2
The name senna is Arabic, as it was first described in the writings of Arabian physicians around the 9th century AD. Cassia is from Hebrew meaning, “ to cut off”, which is referring to the fact that the bark of some species was at one time peeled off to be used. Angustifolia refers to the narrow leaves of the plant. There are over 100 species of senna and interestingly enough, cinnamon bark is a member of the family.
Senna, a small perennial shrub which grows upwards around 2-3 feet tall and produces yellow (but can also be white or pink) candle like flowers which eventually turn into seed pods. The brown seed pods can grow up to 24 inches long. The pods are commonly picked in the fall when they are considered ripe while the leaves are traditionally picked before or during the flowering phase. Senna is widely grown along parts of the Nile as well as parts of India, China, Celyon and Morocco.
Senna tea is historically famous for acting as a strong laxative
Senna is a well known purgative and cathartic which are agents that help stimulate evacuation of the bowels. Similar to cascara, cape aloe and rhubarb, senna contains active ingredients anthraquinone derivatives and their glucosides which are well known to stimulate the nerves of the bowel encouraging powerful evacuations. These glycosides are constituents found in senna known as sennosides.
Their function is to specifically irritate the large intestinal lining causing peristaltic action of the smooth muscles which push stool through the intestines. Its other action is to assist in the temporary retention of fluid in the large intestine which results in a softer and more easily passable bowel movement.
Senna may possibly be used for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hemorrhoids, and possibly weight loss.2
Historically, senna was used in combination with other cathartic (cape aloe, cascara sagrada, barberry and turkey rhubarb) and vermifuge herbs like (garlic, wormwood, black walnut and clove) which are known to possibly support the elimination of parasites and worms specifically from the intestines.
Senna should only be used as an individual herb only in cases of acute constipation and only for as long as it takes to relieve the issue. In Ayurveda, Senna is also used to support a variety of different imbalances for the liver, skin and blood.
Senna leaf on average contains 1.5-3% sennosides A and B, 10-12% mineral matter, 7-10% mucilage (galactose, arabinose, rhamnose and galacturonic acid) and about 8% sugar and resins.
Some possible traditional uses of Organic Raw Senna Leaf Powder may include:
May support healthy bowel movement
May support skin health
May support liver health
An FDA approved nonprescription laxative
Micronutrients of Senna Leaf include:
Glycosides: (sennosides A, B, C, D)
Other Phytochemicals: Rhein, chrysophanol, aloe-emodin, kaempferol, myricyl alcohol, salicvlic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, isorhamnetin, barbaloin, cathartic acid, anthraquinone derivaties
Suggested Use: Used only for cases of acute constipation. Mix ½ to 1 teaspoon in 8-10 oz of warm water.
If you have any questions about Senna and its uses please call us and ask to speak to our on staff Master Herbalist.
To prevent intense gripping, senna can also be combined as a tea with ginger and fennel.
Senna can worsen constipation if used incorrectly and if used too often, your bowel movements can become dependent on the stimulating effect.
Senna should only be used alone for acute constipation and only until the problem is resolved. Do not take this herb during pregnancy.
Senna may cause loss of fluids, abdominal pain and cramping, prolonged use may affect electrolytes.
To possibly further support bowel health it may be useful to use this herb with other herbs of its kind like cascara sagrada, barberry and turkey rhubarb.
Miscellaneous Facts about our Organic Senna Leaf Powder
Ingredients: Organic Senna Leaf.
Certifications: Certified USDA Organic.
Parts Used: Raw Leaf.
Botanical Name: Senna alexandrina.
Other Names: Alexandrian Senna, Tinnevelly Senna, India/Indian Senna, Khartoum Senna, Shower Tree, Monkey Pod Tree, Ringworm Cassia, Purging Cassia, Candle Tree.
Origin: Grown and Harvested in India. Packaged with care in Florida, USA.
How to Maintain Optimum Freshness:
- This product is packaged in airtight stand-up,resealable foil pouches for optimum freshness.
- Once opened, just push the air out of the pouch before resealing it in order to preserve maximum potency.
- Keep this product in a cool, dark, dry place.
- This product is natural and minimally processed.
- Taste, smell, texture, and color may vary from batch to batch. Go here to learn why our products may naturally vary.
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